Thursday, March 19, 2015

Book Review: SAVED IN SRI LANKA by Devika Fernando


Sepalika is a Sri Lankan who works as a tour guide in her own country. She’s passionate about history and enjoys her job, even though she would have preferred to live in England. She had tried to escape the small island, but had been forced to return due to family circumstances. The same circumstances that had compelled her to get engaged to Mahesh, the son of a rich man. 

Into her life walks Daniel, a tourist from Ireland. Daniel is a history professor on his way to Australia to take up a position there. Soon, the two of them get attracted to one another, history being one of their common interests. But would it ever be possible for Sepalika to get together with Daniel? You will have to read the story to find out. Interestingly, the story has been woven along with a tour of the many places of interests in Sri Lanka as Sepalika plays guide to a batch of foreign tourists. 


There are two things I fell in love with in this latest book by Devika Fernando – and I am not still clear who takes first prize – the description of Sri Lanka and Daniel. 

Daniel is handsome, hot, intelligent, sensitive and chivalrous. Can there be a more deadly combination? No wonder Sepalika is unable to stop herself from falling for him, despite her engagement. I must congratulate Devika Fernando for creating such an awesome and believable character. Kudos!

Sri Lanka! I have always been interested in this neighbouring island as I have heard a lot about it from a friend who used to live there and my sister who has been there on a holiday. I have also seen a few travel documentaries about the place. What had always struck me was the greenery. Devika Fernando has brought many sections of the island alive to her readers. The descriptions of the many places of interest in Colombo; Pinnawala; Kandy; Sigiriya; Nuwara Eliya; Yala; Galle; Ambalangoda; Bentota and Anuradhapura; the museums; the gardens; the temples; the ruins; the Buddha viharas – I so loved going on the Sri Lankan tour the author took me on.  

I enjoyed reading about the way Sri Lankans treat their guests – very similar to us in India – and the kind of food they serve them. 

What was most delicious was the way the romance between the protagonists has been developed. Steamy hot! I have read Devika Fernando’s other books – Kaleidoscope of Hopes; Playing with Fire; and When I See Your Face. I must say that the author gets better and better with each book, Saved In Sri Lanka being the best so far. 

I wish that Mahesh’s character had been developed a bit more as he is always there like a shadow but never comes alive. But otherwise, this book is a must read. 

Quote from the book – a small section that I really enjoyed reading:

She saw his body tense, and his eyes changed color to a darker slate gray with hardly any blue in it. He laid his hand on the side of her neck where her pulse beat against it like frantically fluttering bird’s wings. When he leaned down, her eyes closed.

The next instant he kissed her. His lips, firm and cool, were barely touching hers. It was a kiss of tantalizing softness, tentative and tender.

When she didn’t scream or shove at him or run, he brushed his mouth against hers again, adding more pressure.

Sepalika wanted more, much more. So she kissed him back, throwing all caution to the wind. With a sigh, he deepened the kiss, angling his mouth, his thumb caressing the hollow at her throat. Her hands came up, searching for a hold, for any way to keep herself from melting under his now firmer but still heart-breakingly gentle kiss. She grabbed the lapels of his leather jacket, pulled herself up, and felt a thousand sensations flood her.

Never had a kiss felt this magical, never had it awakened her lust like this.

It was as if she had lived all life for this moment, as if her lips were connected to every single particle of her body, setting it on fire.

When the tip of his tongue brushed over her mouth, she couldn’t suppress a moan. The sound seemed to come from deep out of herself, and it barely registered because she was so lost in the magic of the moment.

Daniel drew back slightly and whispered her name in what was as much a question as it was a groan.

The sound of her name on his lips, spoken so full of feeling, burst the bubble. Sepalika realized with a start what they were doing, and panic surged through her, obliterating desire.

Letting go of his jacket as if she had touched a poisonous plant, she stumbled backwards until her back hit the doorframe. With a hand to her mouth on which she could still feel his kiss, she stared at him.

His breathing was ragged, and his eyes with the dilated pupils were wide open and wounded before she saw him close himself off.

“Goodnight then…sweet dreams,” he called softly, stepping back with obvious reluctance. When he mentioned the word “dreams”, it reminded her of his previous comment, and she bit her lip. Oh yes, she’d definitely dream of him tonight—if she ever fell asleep, that is.

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Devika Fernando

Almost as soon as Devika Fernando could write, she imagined stories and poems. After finishing her education in Germany and returning to her roots in Sri Lanka, she got a chance to turn her passion into her profession. Having lived in Germany and in Sri Lanka with her husband has made her experience the best (and the worst) of two totally different worlds – something that influences her writing. Her trademark are sweet, yet deeply emotional romance stories where the characters actually fall in love instead of merely falling in lust. She draws inspiration from everyone and everything in life. Besides being a romance novel author, she works as a self-employed German web content writer, as a translator, and as a faithful servant to all the cats, dogs, fish and birds in her home. What she loves most about being an author is the chance to create new worlds and send her protagonists on a journey full of ups and downs that will leave them changed. When she’s not writing, she’s reading or thinking about writing.

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  1. This is my kind of book! The short extract that you have shared is oh so beautiful! Must check this book of Devika soon! :)

  2. Looking forward to read this one Sundari. You made it sound so interesting. Pushing it up on my list .. Lovely review

  3. History, Sri Lanka - Looks like something to look forward to. It always feels nice when a book loads you with trivia ;) I hope this book has its share too!

  4. Thanks for all the enthusiasm, ladies! :-)
    And thanks a lot for the great review, Sundari! You picked a yummilicious excerpt there... ;-)

  5. Thank you Shilpa for stopping by and posting a comment. Yeah, you will love reading this one :)

  6. Thank you Rubina! I am sure you will enjoy reading Devika Fernando's latest book :)

  7. Yes it surely does Gayathri. If you are into history and trivia, then you shouldn't miss this one. Thank you for stopping by :)

  8. You are welcome Devika! Oh yes, it's one of the yummylicious excerpts - stored on my blog, forever. You know why ;)

  9. Wow! So much going on! I agree with you Sundari, Devika is getting better with each book.
    Tempting us more & more. All the best for this one too. Though I am not big on history but I
    Loved the extract.

  10. Thanks Inderpreet for stopping by. That extract is just a 'jalak'. You have to read the full book. And it's not just history. It's a view point from a tour guide and well woven with the story :)

  11. Wow!! I love Devika's book and the excerpt makes me want to read this book ASAP!!

  12. A comprehensive review that speaks and piques ones interest in the story.Sure leaves us wanting to know about a country and its people.

  13. I am glad to hear that Swathi Shenoy. You should read the book, if you are fond of romances and I know you are :)

  14. Thank you Richa for stopping by and posting a comment. I am glad you liked my review. The book is definitely worth a read. :)